Minute book: January 1696, 1-15

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 10, 1693-1696. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1935.

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January 1696, 1–15

1695–6. Jan. 1. Forenoon. Present: Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith.
No entry of any minute.
[Treasury Minute Book VIII. p. 125.]
Jan. 6. Present: Sir Stephen Fox.
Mr. Westfield [is directed] to attend the Chamberlain [of the City of London] to assist him in receiving the money of the Taxes.
Thomas Cullum [is] to be land waiter, London port, loco Mr. Mountstephens, deceased.
Mr. Francis, a goldsmith, is to be a Trier [of the new moneys] on the recommendation of the Chancellor [of the Exchequer].
Mr. Carpenter, recommended by the Speaker [of the House], will be considered by my Lords for an office in the Customs.
Mr. James informs my Lords he has a proposal for regulating the coin and getting the King several millions by it: but he would have [a reward of] 3d. in the £. If it be a good thing and prove useful my Lords will recommend him for such a reward and he shall have it if they can get it for him.
[Order for] 500l. to be paid by the Earl of Ranelagh on Mr. Robinson's bill from Sweden.
[Ibid. p. 126.]
Jan. 7. Present: Lord Godolphin, Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith.
[My Lords desire to] speak to Mr. Neal about the room [in the Tower] desired for the Office of the Mint.
[Send to] the Customs Commissioners and Mr. Butler (who gave in a memorial about tobacco) to be here on Friday afternoon.
My Lord Carlisle, Sir Geo. Fletcher and the tenants that complain are desired to be here on Friday afternoon.
[Ibid. p. 127.]
Jan. 8. Kensington. Present: The King, Lord Godolphin, Sir Stephen Fox.
[The King directs] 500l. to be paid to answer the bill of Mr. Robinson [drawn from Sweden].
[On the Earl of Ranelagh's weekly memorial for money for the Forces the King directs the following issues]: l. s. d.
for subsistence of the Forces in England [? and] another month's subsistence for Flanders 41,499 15 4
for Lieut.-Col. Benj. de Boham 639 0 0
for the Navy Victuallers 20,000 0 0
The Col[onels of the Regiments concerned are directed by the King] to attend with the clothiers on Friday afternoon. Mr. Blathwaite will give them notice.
[The King further orders the following issues to the Paymaster of the Forces and to Mr. Fox:] l. s. d.
for 10 recruit horses for Cinquilles Regiment 167 10 0
for M. de Chabroll, to be paid by Mr. Fox 100 0 10
to Mr. Fox as per his memorial, to be paid by himself 118 1 4
The gentlemen of the Bank desire the King to order Monsieur Schuylenburg to take off the stop of the last 200,000l. agreed to be lent in Holland. The King [tells them he] expects they make good provision for the subsistence of the Army for the future: they have given tallies and therefore the King will take off the stop.
[The King orders] 1,000l. for the poor [of London].
[Treasury Minute Book VIII. p. 128.]
Jan. 10. Treasury Chambers, Whitehall. Present: Lord Godolphin, Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith.
Sir John Fleet presents a letter from Mr. Clifford at Amsterdam, dated 3 Jan., 1696 [1695–6, to the effect] that saltpetre there is 28 guilders per cent. [Amsterdam] bank money and powder at 30 guilders per cent. cash money. Sir John says it will be better for the King to import powder than saltpetre.
[Send] to Mr. Blathwait and Mr. Medina to be here at five o'clock.
[Ibid. p. 129.]
eodem die Afternoon. Present: Lord Godolphin, Sir Stephen Fox, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Smith.
The Commissioners for Appeals [in Excise attend and say] they heard the appeal of Felix Feast: the counsel for the appellant insisted to have new evidence heard and the old over again: the counsel of the other side insisted that the Commissioners should have only the transcripts from the register: the Attorney General was of opinion they should receive the opinion of the Judges: there are many other appeals now depending.
My Lords will speak to the Attorney General.
Mr. Dorington says he cannot get his clerks to tell the money for the wages of the seamen going to the East and West Indies.
Sir Thomas Littleton and Mr. Carlton [attend] about saltpetre from Holland. They think it better to import powder; Dutch powder is not quite so good, but considering the difference in price (powder being at 3l. a barrel there) it will more than countervail the price of saltpetre, which will cost 100l. a ton to convert it into powder; besides the powder bought in Holland will serve best in Flanders.
My Lords [decide that they] will desire the East India Company to buy 6,000 barrels in Holland for the service in Flanders of the Office of Ordnance, whereof five sixths at least to be fine powder, at as low a price as they can, and to dispose of it as the [Principal] Officers of the Ordnance shall appoint.
Lord Carlisle and Sir Geo. Fletcher [attend]. The last memorial of the tenants of the late Lord Preston's estate is read. My Lords direct that the accounts shall be stated [so] that it may be seen what is due to the King for mesne profits before the lease was made and how much of the reserve rent is in arrear. This account to be made up by Mr. Aldworth and Mr. Shales.
Sir John Fleet is called in. My Lords tell him the 6,000 barrels of powder are to be paid for out of the fund that will be provided by Parliament for the land service of the Ordnance for the year 1696 and [which will] be supplied from time to time to answer the bills which shall be drawn for the same. Direct the order thus—“to our very loving friend Sir John Fleet, Governor of the East India Company, and the Court of Comm[ittees] for management of the affairs of the said Company.”
The Customs Commissioners are called in: a proposition about tobacco is read. They don't approve of it.
[My Lords order] a warrant to be prepared for one year for Christ's Hospital.
My Lords intend to move the King that the [army] offreckonings for the year 1695 shall be satisfied to the clothiers out of that part of the credit on the Continued Impositions which the Parliament shall appropriate for the Forces.
[My Lords direct] subsistence to be paid for the officers and servants on board the Golden Lime Tree and Johanna at Hawich for one week. Mr. Abbot to compute it. And the Transport Office at Harwich is to victual them whilst aboard.
The Lord Mayor, Sir Leo. Robinson and Mr. Fromyn [agree] to advance 1,000l. for the poor [of London; they in return] having tallies on the Excise with 2 per cent. discount and 6 per cent. per an. [interest].
[Treasury Minute Book VIII. pp. 129–130.]
Jan. 13. Present: Lord Godolphin, Sir Stephen Fox.
Lady Longford and Col. Wolsely (by his agent) are to be heard to-morrow afternoon [by my Lords]. Send them notice.
[Ibid. p. 131.]
Jan. 14. Afternoon. Present: Lord Godolphin, Sir Stephen Fox, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Smith.
[Write] to the Earl of Romney that the King being informed that some of the Ordnance intend to take away the bridge belonging to Greenwich Hospital, has signified his pleasure that it be left to the Hospital and not be removed.
The Commissioners of Appeals [in Excise] and the Attorney and Solicitor General are to be here on Friday afternoon.
[Send] to all the officers of the Mint and the Provost of the Moneyers to be here without fail on Friday afternoon.
Send to the Excise Commissioners to consult with their officers and give my Lords their opinion what may be necessary to be offered for the service of the King and good of the subject when a new Bill passes for the Duties on Low Wines.
The Countess of Longford [attends] and also Mr. Hughs, agent for Brigadier Wolseley. Mr. Conyers, of counsel for the Countess, desires that the estate of White Friers in Ireland may be granted to her subject to Col. Wolseley's custodiam. Mr. Dobbins, of counsel for Col. Wolseley, desires that the custodiam may pass; he says Lord Longford mortgaged the estate to Arthur and his equity of redemption was foreclosed.
[Treasury Minute Book VIII. p. 132.]
Jan. 15. Kensington. Present: The King, Sir Stephen Fox, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Smith.
[The King directs] 1,630l. to be paid to Puissar's Regiment.
[Send] to Mr. Nicholas [to ask him] to give an account how the 100l. a week to the French Refugees is distributed.
[Ibid. p. 133.]